The open pit constrained useful resource is predicated on 145 floor drill holes totalling almost 56,500 metres, 25,920 drill core analyses and 3,302 bulk density measurements at the challenge’s South zone.
Westhaven is additionally engaged on an preliminary underground useful resource for Shovelnose, to be launched in a number of months’ time.
The 176.2-sq-km Shovelnose challenge is situated 30 km south of Merritt, BC and accessible by freeway.
“That is the primary mineral useful resource estimate on the Shovelnose gold property, and we’re happy to report a beginning stock of over 1,000,000 ounces of gold from the primary of a number of mineralized zones,” stated Westhaven CEO and president, Gareth Thomas in a launch.
Thomas famous that 75% of the useful resource is within the indicated class, and that the technical crew sees potential for important useful resource growth potential.
Indicated mineralization is essentially related to 13 particular person vein zones within the South zone, whereas the inferred is related to a low-grade surrounding halo of mineralization.
“The 2022 growth and exploration drill program will start shortly, specializing in the FMN zone, the place high-grade gold mineralization (15.97 metres of 9.15 g/t gold) was intersected in drilling final yr,” he added.
“Focusing on new discoveries on undrilled exploration targets inside this huge, underexplored property can even stay a key focus going ahead.”
The Shovelnose challenge has returned some spectacular intersections over the previous few years, together with 17.7 metres of 24.5 g/t gold from 210 metres depth in gap SN18-14, in 2018.
On Nov. 22, Westhaven introduced it was pausing its drilling program on Shovelnose after excessive rainfall led to extreme flooding in Merritt and elsewhere in BC.
Together with Shovelnose, Westhaven additionally holds 4 tasks totalling 370 sq. km within the 110-km, northwest-trending Spences Bridge Gold Belt.
(This text first appeared within the Canadian Mining Journal)